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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

While the World Waits heads to Parkes

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Sat 25 February – Sat 11 March, Coventry Room, Parkes.  Arts OutWest showcases some of the region’s most exciting visual artists as they each respond to original music reflecting on the challenging and changing times over the past few of years.

Opens  Saturday 25 Feb @ 2-4pm

The opening includes a performance by Parkes local and musician featured on the original While the World Waits album Gracey Denham-Jones.

“The last couple of years have been tough in the arts. Lockdowns and loss of work ran right across all artforms. Live shows took a hammering. We wanted to help by creating opportunities for those most affected,” said exhibition curator, Arts OutWest’s Steven Cavanagh.

“In 2021 Arts OutWest commissioned 15 Central West songwriters to each write a track reflecting their experiences of 2020. We created a compilation album of original music titled While the World Waits,” Mr Cavanagh explains, “Then we opened the conversation up to visual artists to see what they were feeling.”

The selected artists were asked to use the music as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work. The resulting While the World Waits Exhibition is work of 20 artists, each responding to one or more tracks, title or words on the album.

You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.

The launch includes original music played live by rising country music star Gracey Denham-Jones, one of the musicians from the While the World Waits compilation album.

Artists featured in the exhibition are Gus Armstrong (Rylstone), Laura Baker (Blayney), Helen Carpenter (Grenfell), Steven Cavanagh (Hill End), Gemma Clipsham (Bathurst),  Bev Coe (Condobolin), Heather Dunn (Bathurst), Lise Edwards (Lithgow), Harrie Fasher (Portland), Robert Hirschmann (Portland), Cate McCarthy (Yetholme), Hugh McKinnon (Orange), Christine McMillan (Kandos), Shani Nottingham (Cowra), Timothy Seager (Bathurst), Henry Simmons and the River Yarners (Bathurst), Bridget Thomas (Bathurst), Jane Tonks (Orange), Heather Vallance (Orange), Stephan de Wit (Parkes).

The While the World Waits exhibition has already travelled to or will in 2023 visit venues across Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin local government areas.

IMAGE: still from the video work by Stephan de Witt.